Established in 2003, Abaris International has a proven track record in the supply of technical equipment and apparel for the Outdoor Professional. Based on the edge of the Peak District on the outskirts of Huddersfield (in between Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield), we are one of the leading suppliers of technical height and water safety equipment in the UK, as well as being a main supplier to various outdoor centres, rope course providers and media companies.
At our shop and warehouse in Milnsbridge, we have a large stock of safety, access, rescue and sports equipment, including all items on an IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) equipment wish list!
Customers can try then buy from our premises or simply order for a next day or weekend delivery*. We aim to be as flexible as possible and are one of the only rope access and IRATA equipment suppliers who will, by prior arrangement, open on a weekend. If you are looking for a rope access equipment supplier in the North East / North West of England with stock available for collection or next day delivery, then look no further!
We are open for both walk-in sales and internet sales.
Although we are one of the biggest suppliers of Petzl in UK, we are not tied to any manufacturer or supplier and offer independent advice to potential customers on what we think would be best for them. We have a small sales team which means you will get a personal service, but you can be assured that we have the expertise and experience to offer you the best advice on equipment.
Supplying equipment both within the UK and increasing internationally, we are registered as preferred suppliers to many of the UK Fire and Rescue services, large construction companies and media organisations within UK. See below for a snapshot of some of our clients.
The Abaris 'Family' (We're not all related!)
Will B - Founder
A former Royal Marines Officer with over 17 years experience, training and qualifications as an IRATA Level 3, Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Instructor, Certified PPE Inspector for Work at Height Equipment, Skylotec Approved Inspection and Service Agent for Milan CRDs and BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak.
In his down time, Will likes to pull up a sandbag with his son and reminisce about his fit days, completing the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon (25 hours and 15 minutes non-stop 'paddling'), the Hebridean Challenge (500 miles of combined running, cycling, sea kayaking and open water swimming in 5 days), numerous marathons and half marathons, and his time as the England Rugby Sevens Manager.
Andy G – Managing director
Andy is a qualified Mechanical Engineer although admits that was a long time ago but still enjoys the “hands on” bit. Having worked in Corporate world running manufacturing operations for Multinationals he went down the company ownership route and now runs 5 companies as the MD. Loves his rugby with two adult rugby playing sons and enjoys sailing small dinghies in his spare time.
Karen G – General Manager
Following 30 years as a Senior Bank Manager, Karen joined the Abaris family at the beginning of February 2023. Customer service and business acumen is at the heart of what motivates Karen and she has brought those attributes over to lead the team in a growing and evolving business. Karen is a keen caravaner, visiting many places in her tin can. She is also a mum of a very active 7-year-old which keeps her on her toes whilst juggling the multitude of tasks day to day.
Anthony P - International Sales Manager
15 year’s experience in IT as a software installation manager, Anthony’s primary role is all things website / computer. Whilst not originally from a safety background, 10 years of in-house training at Abaris International, has given him a good all round knowledge of at height, water safety, and rescue equipment. Anthony has developed into our Overseas orders expert and enjoys the challenges that these can bring. He has particular experience of orders to the Far East, Middle East, and Africa.
After work and at weekends Anthony is kept busy by his children, supporting Manchester United and is an active member of his local cricket club.
We are open from:
- Monday to Friday - 9.00AM to 5:00PM (GMT, BST).
Why buy from us?
- We offer the best prices (Seen it cheaper? Let us know & we'll beat it!).
- We hold stock! (One of the UKs biggest stockists of in particular Petzl / Lyon).
- Next day delivery for stock items as standard (you will also be given a 1hr delivery window).
- Expert advice (Over 10 years of experience in technical access and rescue).
- We genuinely care about our customers (Every customer & order is important to us & we will do everything we can to ensure you are more than happy with our service, products and prices!).